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[quote][b]Washington (CNN)[/b][color=#000000][font=arial] -- An envelope that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin was intercepted Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. Capitol's off-site mail facility in Washington, congressional and law enforcement sources tell CNN.[/font][/color]
[color=#000000][font=arial]Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he was told the letter was addressed to the office of Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi. A laboratory in Maryland confirmed the presence of ricin after initial field tests indicated the poison was present, according to Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance Gainer.[/font][/color]
[color=#000000][font=arial]However, the FBI said additional testing is needed as field and preliminary tests produce inconsistent results.[/font][/color]
[color=#000000][font=arial]"Only a full analysis performed at an accredited laboratory can determine the presence of a biological agent such as ricin," according to the bureau. "Those tests are in the process of being conducted and generally take from 24 to 48 hours."[/font][/color]
[color=#000000][font=arial]In a statement late Tuesday, the U.S. Capitol Police said more tests would be conducted at the Army's biomedical research laboratory at Fort Detrick, Maryland.[/font][/color]
[color=#000000][font=arial]The letter had a Memphis, Tennessee, postmark and no return address, Gainer wrote in an e-mail to senators and aides.[/font][/color]
[color=#000000][font=arial]Sen. Claire McCaskill told reporters after a briefing for lawmakers that a suspect has already been identified in the incident, but a knowledgeable source said no one was in custody Tuesday night.[/font][/color][/quote]

[url="http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/16/us/tainted-letter-intercepted/index.html"]http://www.cnn.com/2...pted/index.html[/url]


Apparently Obama had one addressed to him that was laced:

[quote][color=#000000][font=Georgia, Times,]WASHINGTON (AP) Edited by SHoTTa35
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Crazy stuff going on these days.
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Michigan Senator Carl Levin's office in Saginaw, MI has also received one

http://www.freep.com/article/20130417/NEWS15/304170116/Suspicious-letter-closes-Sen-Carl-Levin-s-Saginaw-office

Levin is Chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Anybody with a shred of intelligence knows that political mail goes through strict security procedures - tests for explosives, chemical weapons, drugs, etc. It was never going to reach its intended targets.
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It doen't have to in order to have its desired effect: disruption. The object of terrorism is to terrorize those not directly attacked.

That's what happened after the post-9/11 anthrax letters hit the mails. Post offices had to examine all kinds of shipments, all mails to leaders had to be carefully checked, etc.
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[quote name='theyarecomingforyou' timestamp='1366219172' post='595643050']
Anybody with a shred of intelligence knows that political mail goes through strict security procedures - tests for explosives, chemical weapons, drugs, etc. It was never going to reach its intended targets.
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It reaching its target mightn't be the point. Just the fact they're finding mail laced with this stuff sends a message.

Plus, no screening system is foolproof.
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[quote name='compl3x' timestamp='1366219421' post='595643054']
It reaching its target mightn't be the point. Just the fact they're finding mail laced with this stuff sends a message.
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Exactly. And another point is the potential to leave behind a deadly trail of ricin as it goes from post office to post office.

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Well, the Feds made an arrest late today, so hopefully they have the person responsible.

Paul Kevin Curtis of Tupelo, Miss.

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That would explain the Miss. Senator getting one of those letters.

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